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New Salvation Army Emergency Center opens

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It's no secret that times are tough right now and jobs are scarce. Just finding a place to sleep at night can be a challenge for some tri-state residents.

To help fight the ongoing need in the community, the Salvation Army opened its brand new emergency shelter Friday.

The shelter at 501 Broadway replaces the old Salvation Army Shelter on Quincy University's North campus.

Salvation Army officials say the new upgraded facility will offer those down on their luck, much needed help.

"When they told me I was going to the Salvation army, my first thought was cots," said Michael Leggett.

But with the new facility, Michael Leggett will now be sleeping on a bed in his own room.

Salvation Army operations director, Chad Rodgers, says the new 10,686 square foot facility has 16 beds-- two more than the old facility, and a state of the art kitchen.

"We just have a lot more amenities available so our staff can do a lot better job of acclimating those folks who are in need back to being viable participants in society," said Rodgers.

But it's the new community room, where residents will receive counseling to help them get back on their feet, that Rodgers says will be the most beneficial.

"There's programs set up and some of those programs take place right here during the day in this facility which is why this community room is such a great resource and something we didn't have before," said Rodgers.

"I think it will help Quincy a lot because better facilities, better ability to function as a facility because there is more room," said Leggett.

The shelter's food pantry has also been moved to the new facility.

Monday will be the first day residents can use services like the bread line.

And Rodgers says the pantry is still looking for food donations-- in particular non-perishable items like Hamburger Helper and Ramon noodles.

 

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